The Winthrop baseball team used five runs scored in two innings to erase a three-run deficit against Wagner as the Eagles collected a hard-fought 5-4 win Monday at The Winthrop Ballpark.
Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Winthrop got a three-run seventh inning to take the 5-4 lead. First baseman Eddie Tisdale led off by being hit by Wagner starter Joe Testa. Shortstop Kevin Nolan followed as he looked at four straight balls to get a walk and a double down the left field line by designated hitter Eddie Rohan scored Tisdale. After catcher Billy Froehlich popped up, outfielder Tony Brunetti scored Nolan on a sacrifice fly. Second baseman Aaron Bonomi drove in the last run of the inning as he singled through the right side to score Rohan from second.
"It was a really good win for us," said Winthrop coach Joe Hudak. "To get down three to nothing and come back, get close, and give up another run that we shouldn't have given up, and come back and score three was really big for us. We didn't have any come-from-behind wins this year, so this was a really big wins for us."
The Eagles are now 8-15 on the year, while Wagner falls to 5-9 overal.
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Five different Eagles contributed with RBIs, while Nolan, outfielder Louis Ullrich and outfielder Bennett Jordan each had two hits on the day. "We had a lot of guys that really contributed today and that's really good to see," said Hudak.
Right-hander Josh McDonald improved his record to 1-3 on the year as he came in with no outs in the seventh inning. McDonald allowed no runs on three hits, one walk, while striking out one Seahawk for his third win over Wagner in three years. Robert Lake started his second game of the year, giving up three runs on five hits, three walks and one strikeout in 3 2-3 innings. Billy Tinsley relieved Lake and worked 2 1-3 innings, allowing one run on one hit, no walks and no strikeouts.
"I though we got great relief pitching," said Hudak. "I though Billy Tinsley was a key. He came in and threw very well for us, giving two good innings."
Seth Boyd led the Wagner offense as he had three hits, including a home run, and three RBIs in the game. Joe Jamison also hit a homer.
Left-hander Joe Testa, usually Wagner's Friday night pitcher, was charged with the loss as he gave up five runs (three earned) on eight hits, three walks and five strikeouts.
Wagner took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Jamison hit a solo home run off Lake.
The Seahawks increased the margin to 3-0 in the third inning with another long ball as Boyd went yard with Damian Csakai on base.
The Eagles got back in the game in the fifth inning when they scored two runs. Bryn Henderson reached on a fielding error by third baseman Jon Lucas and advanced to second behind a single by Tisdale. A long double to left-center field by Nolan scored Henderson and, after Rohan walked, Froehlich came up with a long fly ball to left field to score Tisdale on a sac fly.
Wagner got another run in the seventh inning, making it a 4-2 game. Boyd hit a leadoff single and got thrown out at second with Vin Avella reaching on a fielder's choice as the Eagles couldn't turn the 4-6-3 double play.